Since the Australian brush tailed possums were introduced to New Zealand to establish the fur trade in 1837, these furry little creatures have been threatening the local environment as there’s no predators. The pest control by Department of Conservation and the killing for fur products are two of the common factors reducing the possum population, while consuming possum meat is a rare but tasty option. The latter as a conservationist said, “…are free range and organic…"
The old Aussie possum pie recipe is available in the book, Possum Pie, Beetroot Beer and Lamingtons: Australian Family Recipes 1968 – 1950, by Victoria Heywood. On the other hand, some Kiwis successfully created their own possum dishes for parties or business. In New Zealand, possum meat products for sale must be obtained from Ministry of Primary Industries certified suppliers, while for personal consumption, shooting and trapping are safer than poisoning as way of capture.
If you want to make your own possum pies, here’s a recipe:http://goo.gl/cqKnmv
Possums (Department of Conservation, NZ) http://goo.gl/F4dXvR
New business venture finds growing market for possum meat (Predator Free NZ) http://goo.gl/N8BFVL
Possum on menu in the Far North (Stuff.co.nz) http://goo.gl/mcLoJO
Possum pies cafe in trouble (TVNZ) http://goo.gl/pRd076
Possum Pie, Beetroot Beer and Lamingtons by Victoria Heywoodhttp://goo.gl/JRnQdA